The rain has been going pitter-patter on my window since morning and the only thing I could think of was stuffing my face with some “Samosas”. Known by their signature pyramid shape and spicy filling, they are irresistible. Samosas are the ultimate Indian party food a.k.a comfort food and rains just compliment that. Well…what’s not to love? Spicy, crunchy, fried and lip smacking, this one snack is bursting with flavours and if you are anything like me, you cannot simply get your hands off them. Today, we are taking a fun spin on the traditional samosas and making a pinwheel version of it. This post is sponsored by Smart & Final and I am using many of the products from this store to make this amazing dish..but with my spin. So, let the party begin!
Let’s talk about grocery shopping today. An important (and integral) part of cooking is getting good, fresh ingredients at a fair price, so talking about grocery shopping is as important. Most of the people do all the grocery shopping over the weekend and this is one task which can become mundane overtime… especially if one has to shunt between different stores to buy the things. When I first started shopping at Smart & Final, I was really impressed with the huge selection they carry. In fact, their new format stores, called “Smart & Final Extra!” are larger in size so that means more selection to choose from.
One of the first things which I instantly loved is that this store has no membership card. I personally don’t like to get stuck with cards for every store I visit and I always prefer stores which follow the policy of “one price for all”. The second thing and one of the most important one is that these stores carry products in both bulk as well as small sizes. I really dislike when I have to go buy 10 pounds of something just to get a good price or worse, because that is the smallest pack the store carries! With this store, I am always able to find the quantity I need for everyday use and at a good price. That makes it really easy to shop for both, every day as well as for parties from a single store. That is a brownie point for me 🙂
Now let’s talk about the campaign, the main reason for this post. Recently Smart & Final launched a new program, called the “First Street, First Percent”. Through this program, when we buy a “First street” brand product from their stores, Smart & Final will give the first percent of the net profit to their “Smart & Final Charitable foundation” which supports the local community non profits.
I found this initiative really nice and thought it would be great to share this with you all. In fact, I myself decided to buy as many “First Street” products as I could find for this recipe and in turn contribute to the community’s welfare. It just feels nice to do your part and give a little back to the community, won’t you agree? 🙂
Well I am sure all this talking about food and shopping is making you hungry for some good, comfort food! Today it is all about family, friends and good food which always brings people together and create happy memories. For this recipe post, I am touching my Indian roots. When Indian food is talked about outside of India, few of the dishes that instantly pop in our heads are Butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, Naan breads and Samosas. I am sure every time you visit an Indian restaurant and order a samosa, you wonder how it’s made ? Today, i have that covered for you. This recipe is an easier adaptation of the traditional recipe but packs the same burst of flavours. So, let’s learn how to make samosas at home 🙂
Vegetarian Pinwheel Samosa
Vegetarian Pinwheel Samosa
For the dough
- 4 cups / 2lb All-purpose flour (I used First Street’s)
- ½ cup Canola Oil (I used First Street’s)
- 1+1/3 cup Water
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black pepper powder
For stuffing/ Filling
Feel free to add more masalas if u like (pinch of asafoetida, 1/2 tsp amchur powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder )
- 8 medium sized Potato, peeled
- 1 cup Peas, frozen or fresh (I used First Street’s)
- 2 tablespoons Canola Oil (I used First Street’s)
- 6 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Ginger, finely chopped
- 2 Green chilies, finely chopped
- 1.5 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Garam masala
- 1/3 cup Cayenne pepper sauce (I used First Street’s) – adjust as per taste
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 tsp Coriander seeds
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Handful of fresh Coriander, finely chopped
For Coating batter
- 2 tablespoons Corn starch (I used First Street’s)
- ½ cup Water
- 3 cups Canola oil for frying samosas (I used First Street’s) – depends on the depth of your frying an but ensure you have about 1.5 inches height of pan filled with oil for even frying.
- Preparing the dough: In a bowl, add in all the ingredients for the dough except the water. Using your fingers or a fork, mix everything together till the mix resembles bread crumbs. Now, slowly start adding water to the flour mix while kneading and make a tight dough. Cover this dough with a damp muslin/cheesecloth cloth and let it rest for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing.
- Preparing the stuffing: Begin with boiling the peeled potatoes in a microwave for 8-10 minutes or till the potatoes are soft. Using a masher, mash the potatoes. Next, microwave the peas for 2 minutes and keep ready.
- Take a non-stick pan and add oil to it. Once the oil is hot, add in the coriander seeds, ginger and garlic. Let it sauté for a couple of seconds or till the seeds splutter. Next, add in the rest of ingredients for the stuffing and mix well.
- Shaping the samosas into pinwheel: Begin with dividing the dough into 5 parts. Take one part at a time and roll out into a 9-10” inch circle. Divide the filling in 5 parts as well. Scoop out one part filling and place in the centre of the circle. Spread the mix evenly. Now, with a gentle but firm hand, roll out the dough into a cylinder tightly.
- Using a serrated knife cut the roll into 1 inch thick pieces and place on a flat surface. Repeat with all the dough balls. Prepare the coating for the pinwheel samosas by mixing corn starch with water till no lumps are left.
- Frying samosas: Pour oil in a frying pan and heat it up. Check if the oil is done by putting a small chunk of dough to check if the oil is hot enough. If the dough floats on top in a couple of seconds, the oil is ready. Take one pinwheel piece at a time and drop it in the corn starch batter. Coat on both sides and using a fork, lift the piece off the corn starch batter and gently place into the hot oil. Fry couple of pieces at a time on medium heat till golden brown.
- Remove on an absorbent paper to remove excess oil. Serve hot with your favorite condiment. You can also serve it with its traditional pairing – Coriander Chutney or Tamarind chutney
Isn’t that something you would just want to grab and munch on? These samosas are easy to make, use simple ingredients and have the fun spiral shape. The best part about these pinwheels though, is that you can roll out several pieces at a time, so it is really easy to prepare this in large quantities and serve up as a party appetizer.
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If you haven’t been to a Smart & Final store, I would really recommend this store because they have a good selection of products at a really good price. Smart & Final are opening many new stores throughout California and there might be one opening near you too!I used various products from “First Street” for this recipe. I found these products of high quality and at very reasonable prices. In fact I also cross checked the prices of a few items with the popular brand equivalents and found ” first street” products priced competitively and in many cases, priced lower as well.
Oh btw, before I sign off, there is a grand opening sponsored twitter chat happening at Smart& Final’s twitter handle (@SmartFinal) on Friday, May 13 between 12-1pm PST where foodies like you can join in to have some fun and chat with Smart & Final team about food, their grand openings, their charitable foundation and the new campaign. That’s not all! Smart & Final are also giving away a $250 SmartCash card to a random winner. All you have to do is follow @SmartFinal handle and tweet at least once during the chat session with the #SFSnackChat tag and you will be qualified as an entry to win! All the best and see you there!!